Steven Weinberg was a theoretical physicist who won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with elementary particles.
- Died: July 23, 2021 (Who else died on July 23?)
- Details of death: Died at a hospital in Austin, Texas at the age of 88.
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Unlocking the mysteries of the universe
Weinberg’s Nobel Prize was awarded for his work in studying the tiny particles that make up all matter. He shared the prize with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow, though the three scientists worked separately. His work expanded the work Albert Einstein (1879–1955) did to develop a “theory of everything.” Among Weinberg’s discoveries was the existence of W and Z boson particles. He was known for his ability to explain complex theories of physics in an understandable way, and his 1977 popular science book, “The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe,” was widely read. Weinberg was considered by many to be the greatest living theoretical physicist.
“The more that the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.” —from “The First Three Minutes”
Tributes to Steven Weinberg
Full obituary: The New York Times